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Letters

  • Letter to editor was a racist rant

    I’m surprised the Optic printed “A rebuttal to July 4 editorial” — such a racist rant.

    So, Las Vegas is poor because the wealth of privileged white people hasn’t trickled down to their victims here, huh?

    Of course, being born white is a guarantee of wealth and privilege.
    Not quite. My father’s people were Scottish immigrant dirt farmers who lost everything in the Nebraska Dust Bowl. And yet, the family’s four children all worked their way through college and became successful.

  • Do the right thing for the veterans

    On July 1, San Miguel County stopped operating the veterans van. The van provided transportation for veterans with no other way to get to the V.A. Hospital in Albuquerque for medical treatment. The reason given for this action was “ the county was losing money.”

  • Desecration was likely a hate crime

    Having been away most of the summer, I was unaware of the desecration of grave markers at the Montefiore Jewish Cemetery and, to a lesser extent, at the adjoining Masonic Cemetery.  After learning about these acts, I visited the cemeteries to see for myself and saw a large number of markers toppled from their bases and in one case, most disturbingly,  a monument with a Jewish star which had been smashed.

  • Small town post offices threatened

    The economy is bad, and because of this, the federal government has had to do what they can to cut corners. The small town post offices are in danger of closing. Holman, I’m sure, is on the list.
    I, for one, would really hate to see this happen. That little post office holds a lot of memories for me. Mother enrolled me in Character Building private school at the age of five. She worked as an assistant postmistress to pay for my tuition.

  • Litherlands true philanthropists


    I am writing to thank Ray and Joyce Litherland for their continued support of this city and surrounding communities. It seems as though not a week goes by without Community 1st Bank truly putting its “community” first. This year alone, Community 1st Bank has made numerous contributions to many different entities.  

  • Mil Gracias

    Carnegie Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, “One World, Many Stories,” has once again come to an end and was a complete success this year.  We would like to thank the following local businesses for their generosity:  The Bank of Las Vegas, who sponsored this year’s event, Alta Vista Regional Hospital, Charlie’s Spic & Span, El Rialto Restaurant and Abraham’s Tiendita, Fort Union National Monument, Holiday Inn, Lesperance Dairy Queen, Sonic Drive-In, Subway, Tome on the Range and Wendy’s.  

  • A rebuttal to July 4 editorial

    On Monday, July 4, Tom McDonald wrote an editorial in the Las Vegas Optic entitled “The Better Side of the U.S.A.” He wrote it from that angle. There is a downside to the U.S.A., the “Declaration of Independence” and the Constitution. Both documents were written by ruthless, racist, sexist, property-owning, slave-owning, colonizing, annihilating, white men.

  • Dumb, dumber development

    What’s the opposite of smart growth? Dumb development. And Las Vegas got yet more of it (recently). Workers chopped down several mature piñon trees on a peripheral New Mexico Highlands University parking lot.

  • Response to detainee needs bodes well

    Congratulations to the San Miguel Detention Center for having earned accreditation of its health services by meeting all the standards for detainees’ health care. What a tribute to the efforts of the administrator and the staff in providing these services and this level of concern!

    I am proud of being part of a community that recognizes its responsibility to all its members, regardless of their circumstances, and responds to the needs of our fellow human beings.

    Carol Winkel
    Las Vegas

  • Why don’t we tax wealth?

    Whatever happened to fairness? Isn’t looking out for your friends and neighbors a traditional American value? Why don’t we ask the wealthy individuals and big corporations to pay more tax so that essential services to the poor and vulnerable are not cut?